Late December and early January saw record high temperatures for the time of year – further evidence of climate change, though perhaps also keeping heating costs down. At the time of writing, more seasonal colder weather is forecast. All of which might have serious consequences for wildlife: for example, hibernating animals may have been awakened by the unusual warmth and then be unable to cope with the subsequent icy conditions.
The turn of the year is always a time to reflect on the previous twelve months and to express hope for the coming twelve. We very much hope the programme of work and other events planned for our Society will be able to be fulfilled this year, adapting to circumstances when necessary. On the national and international scale, the implementation of the COP26 resolutions will be vital. All the commitments that were made provided some good news though positive action is needed if hopes are to be fulfilled. Leaders must be constantly reminded delay is not acceptable. Hopes express what we want to happen, honesty requires us to be involved in fulfilling them.
The work party on 8th January met at Hurston Warren to further clear the heathland SSSI of invasive birch trees from the heathland. Good progress was made. We meet next at 10.30am on 5th February at Dyke Farm (on the West Chiltington Road) to plant trees and shrubs for the benefit of wildlife and biodiversity – much needed conservation! All are welcome to take part.
For information about this and our other activities, or on becoming a member, please get in touch with Chairman Mick Denness on 01903 745971, or see our website. www.storringtonconservation.org.uk.